Pa Gibbi Njie is being held on charges of possession of counterfeit instruments. The 25-year-old resident of Raleigh, NC had 38 cartons of cigarettes in his truck when he was pulled over on a routine traffic stop. Njie also had a large number of phony gift cards with him.
According to an article in The Fayetteville Observer, the Sherriff’s Office in Sampson County has stated that a number of criminals have perfected a scam whereby they use phony gift cards or phony credit cards to purchase cigarettes here in North Carolina. The cigarettes are then taken north to states with higher taxes on tobacco products where they are sold for a profit. Bail for Njie is set at $92,000.
Should Njie’s family wish to post bail for him, they have several options. The first possibility is for the family to pay the amount of the bail in full to the court. If they do so, Njie is free on the condition that he returns to the court to face all the charges pending against him. However, should he flee, the entire amount is forfeited to the court. An arrest warrant will then be issued against him. If he appears as directed, the money will be refunded upon conclusion of his case.
Another possibility is for the family to contact a bail bondsman. These people work with the court and pledge to pay the full amount of money due should the person fail to appear in court. Typically, the family would need to pay the bail bondsman 10 to 15 percent of the amount of the bail. This money is not returned even if the person shows up in court. In addition, the family member or friend who signed as a surety for the bail with the bail bondsman will be fully responsible to pay the entire amount of the bail should the person fail to appear in court.
Finally, a friend of family member can post a property bond if they own sufficient real estate to cover the amount of the bond. This method is complicated and requires the assistance of a real estate attorney.
If you or someone you love has been arrested on any criminal charge, it is vital that you work with a well-qualified criminal defense attorney. Your attorney can work with you to plan a proper defense and help you to get the bail reduced or in some cases eliminated.